Tea Types and their Benefits

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That first sip of hot, freshly brewed Earl Grey tea is what awakens my taste buds and opens my eyes every morning. I love tea, and so do over 158 million Americans. Tea is the most consumed beverage (besides water) in the world. However, it is also a very misunderstood drink. Continue reading “Tea Types and their Benefits”

Slow Cooker Quinoa

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I’ve thought a lot about this blog. Slow Cooker Quinoa has kind of had me stumped.

Quinoa was the subject of my first blog over two years ago. I didn’t want to go down that same research based path again. I’ve already told you about its origins and stellar nutritious powers. Also, I don’t do a whole lot of crock pot cooking anymore. Crock pots and slow cookers are a great appliance when preparing food for families and pot lucks. Cooking for one and crock pots don’t really go together.

I have a small 1.5 quart crock pot that is a pretty, bright yellow, so I pulled it out and set it on my kitchen counter hoping its cheery look would inspire me. It didn’t. So I left. It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday in October with temperatures hitting the low seventies, not a day to be inside making up recipes. Also it was a perfect day to work on my biggest project.

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Mini Baker Holiday Gift Idea

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Traditional Holiday Baking at its Best!

Well in my blog this past September I introduced you to the new Mini Baker and I thought that this month we could talk more about the Mini Bakers.  December is the time of year when you get together with family and friends you haven’t seen for a while to celebrate the holidays over dinner or even a cocktail party. Each year when I get an invitation to attend a party, I always bring a gift for the host or hostess to show my appreciation for the time spent to get their house ready and all the wonderful food that he or she has prepared for all of us to enjoy. Now that I have discovered these little Mini Bakers, I am going to make a variety of items that I can put into the Mini Baker and give out as hostess gifts. I want to share these recipes because they have been in my family for over 75 years.  I grew up enjoying these breads during Thanksgiving and Christmas and want to pass them on to you.  There is nothing like the smell of these old recipes baking in the oven that brings back all those wonderful memories of my mom and grandma in the kitchen.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Yesterday when I picked up more of these Mini Bakers I noticed that Crafts Direct now has serving trays to go with the Mini Baker and cute decals to add to the outside of the dish.  So I just had to try them.

Now all you have to do is attach a cute little decal on the side of the dish along with a bow on the top.  You have a perfect little hostess gift that can be enjoyed as a treat and the best part your host or hostess can keep the dish to enjoy other fun treats throughout the holidays.

Cranberry Orange Bread

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Cranberry Orange Bread
Author: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Soda
  • ¼ Cup Shortening
  • ¾ Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Orange Zest
  • 1 Cup Dried Cranberries, chopped
  • ½ Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients except for nuts and cranberries, just to moisten.
  2. Fold in the nuts and berries.
  3. Spray Mini Bakers with cooking spray and flour them.
  4. Pour batter into 4 Mini Bakers.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes.
Notes
Makes 4 individual loaves in the mini bakers.

 

Almond Tea Bread

Almond Tea Bread
Author: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • Bread
  • 2¼ Cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Oil
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1½ tsp. Salt
  • 1½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1½ Cups Milk
  • 1½ T. Poppy Seed
  • 1½ tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1½ tsp. Butter Extract
  • 1½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Glaze
  • 3.4 Cup Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Orange Juice
  • ½ tsp. Almond Extract
  • ½ tsp. Butter Extract
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Mix together the sugar, egg, and oil.
  2. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk.
  3. Beat for approximately 2 minutes.
  4. Spray Mini Bakers with cooking spray and flour them.
  5. Pour batter into 4 Mini Bakers.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes.
  7. Stir all glaze ingredients together.
  8. Paint with pastry brush over bread while bread is still warm.
Notes
Makes 4 individual loaves in the mini bakers.

Aloha Banana Bread

Aloha Banana Bread
Author: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1 T. Orange Zest
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1 Cup Flaked Coconut
  • ½ Cup Chopped Macadamia Nuts or Walnuts
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Spray Mini Bakers with cooking spray and flour them.
  3. Pour batter into 4 Mini Bakers.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes.
Notes
Makes 4 individual loaves in the mini bakers.

 

Have a Safe Happy Holiday. And enjoy… I will!

Jayne
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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Holiday Appetizer Recipes

Tea Smoked Chicken

If you’re hosting a holiday get-together or asked to bring something to help the host – look no further! We have some great ideas for appetizers that will wow your friends and family.

These Tea Smoked Chicken bites look impressive but aren’t too tough to make. You can even do the chicken part in advance and assemble right before your party.

Bleu Cheese & Honey Bruschetta

Kick up your cheese plate with Bleu Cheese & Honey Bruschetta from our Easy Eats appetizers:
Ingredients:
1 baguette
6 oz. bleu cheese
4 TBSP honey

Heat the broiler. Thinly slice the baguette and place the rounds on a baking sheet. Broil until golden brown (about 1 1/2 minutes per side). Divide the bleu cheese on the toasted bread slices and drizzle with honey. Serves 12.

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